What exactly constitutes a “value” bike is definitely a subjective measure – what is value-priced for one person could be high-end for another (or even the other way round)! But when we talk about value bikes here, we are thinking about both performance and bang-for-your-buck. The 2 bikes that are spotlighted here, the Cavalo Corsa Ultegra Road Bike and the Diamondback Overdrive Pro 29er Mountain Bike, each have that perfect blend of out-of-the-box ride-ability and a super smart component spec that isn’t begging for an upgrade any time soon. Basically these are 2 bikes that almost any cyclist would love to ride, at a price that almost anyone can fit into their budget!
What makes the Cavalo Corsa Ultegra Road Bike such a great value bike? It starts with a well-crafted aluminum frame that is nearly as light, plenty stiff, built to last, and puts a much smaller dent on your bank account than carbon. There’s a carbon fork with the corresponding tapered aluminum steerer tube that inspires confidence courtesy of its rock solid and utterly predictable handling. Component-wise, you’d be hard-pressed to find a finer choice than Shimano Ultegra 6800 11-speed and we’ve spec’d it where it counts: shift/brake levers, crankset, front derailleur, and rear derailleur. We finish off the kit with a rock solid Mavic Aksium S alloy wheelset with light and durable Mavic Aksion tires to create a no-nonsense aluminum steed that’s good to go out of the box for racing, fondos, spirited group rides, or just fast riding whenever you feel so inclined.
On the mountain bike side of things, the Diamondback Overdrive Pro 29er Mountain Bike sports an equally killer combo of design and components. This high-performance hardtail is built off of a tried and true 6061-T6 aluminum frame with custom formed and butted tubing that exemplifies strength and light weight. Up front, the Fox 32 Float CTD 29″ suspension fork gives you 100mm of travel, while the Shimano 2×10 drivetrain is the epitome of reliability, strength, and precision. Rounding out the package are Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes, complete with XT rotors, and fast-rolling 29″ wheels sporting Schwalbe Rapid Rob 29×2.25 tires. All in all, this is a mountain bike begging for some sweet singletrack.
So whether it’s road or mountain that’s calling your name, you can’t go wrong with either of these value bikes! And if you’re reading this before the end of the day on 12/31/15, you could have a chance to win one of these sweet rigs in our Treat Yourself Giveaway! How’s that for a great value?